Trump Accused Of Chickening Out?

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( – John Bolton, the former National Security Advisor, recently expressed his opinion that Donald Trump is avoiding appearing at the Supreme Court as it deliberates on his eligibility to be on the ballot, interpreting this as a sign of apprehension. Trump, who has nominated three justices to the Supreme Court, plans to be in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, and then travel to Nevada, according to CNN.

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on a case assessing Trump’s eligibility under the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause. Bolton, in a discussion with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, suggested that Trump might feel intimidated by the magnitude of facing the Supreme Court, a stark contrast to lower courts he has dealt with previously. Bolton remarked, “I think, in this case, he’s worried that he’s outnumbered nine to one…I think he’s chickening out here.”

Bolton also critiqued Trump’s understanding of the Supreme Court and the Constitution, implying that Trump might have misplaced expectations about the loyalty of the justices he appointed. He emphasized that those justices are unlikely to be swayed by Trump’s wishes, indicating that Trump might find their decisions disappointing.

This commentary comes in the wake of an appeals court ruling against Trump’s claim of presidential immunity in a separate election interference case. This decision necessitates an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court by Trump if he wishes to delay the trial until after the 2024 presidential election.

Although Bolton agreed with the appeals court’s decision, he found aspects of the opinion to be unclear. He speculated on whether the Supreme Court would accept an appeal of the appeals court ruling, suggesting that if it does, it might be to clarify the legal reasoning for future reference, particularly regarding a president’s involvement in the electoral count process.

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